Hino City – the town where the samurai spirit remains

Hino City is where Shinsengumi commander Toshizo Hijikata and Rokubangumi vice-commander Genzaburo Inoue were born and raised. Many precious resources related to the Shinsengumi can be found in Hino City's Hijikata Toshizo Museum and Inoue Genzaburo Museum. In addition, the swordsmanship dojo (training hall) attended by Hijikata and Inoue, and figures who were later central to the Shinsengumi such as Isami Kondo and Soji Okita, still remains in Hino City. Many other members of the Shinsengumi were also deeply intertwined with Hino City.

Because of this, Hino City is famous as the home of the Shinsengumi, Japan's final group of samurai. Events related to the Shinsengumi are held even today, and the samurai spirit continues on.

Hino City – the town where the samurai spirit remains

The 246-year period between 1603 and 1867, when Japan was governed by the Tokugawa Shogunate, is known as the Edo era. However, the country came under pressure to open itself to the world when armed steamers known as "black ships" arrived in 1853. The Tokugawa Shogunate then divided into a faction that wanted to drive away the foreign countries and one that wanted to accept the demands. This was the point when the Tokugawa Shogunate started to weaken. In Kyoto, the Sonno Joi faction, which wanted to topple the Tokugawa Shogunate, restore the emperor, and drive out the foreign barbarians, gathered strength and the era was thrown into extreme chaos. In response to the Sonno Joi faction, the special police force tasked with maintaining public order was the Shensengumi. Because the policy of the Shinsengumi was to let anyone that had high-level sword skills join even if they were of a lowly social status, the group was able to gather many young people, such as Isami Kondo, who wanted to be samurai. It is said that the group had over 200 members at the height of its popularity. The Shinsengumi had units numbered from one to 10, and each unit had a leader. Thanks to the group's strict discipline and rough sparring sessions to improve sword technique, the Shinsengumi became "the group of the greatest swordsmen." They pledged allegiance to the Tokugawa Shogunate, and to demonstrate their loyalty, bore the Japanese character for "allegiance" on their clothes and flags, which continues to symbolize the Shinsengumi even today. However, the deeds of the Shinsengumi proved fruitless, and the Tokugawa Shogunate met its demise in 1867. As a result, the Shinsengumi was Japan's final samurai group.

Collaboration with globally popular anime Hakuōki

©IDEA FACTORY/DESIGN FACTORY©IF・DF/「薄桜鬼」製作委員会

As part of IDEA FACTORY's female-oriented game brand OTOMATE, Hakuōki is a romantic adventure game series which features characters from the Shinsengumi. It is now also an anime series which is popular not only in Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

In addition, as part of a collaboration with Hino City - a place deeply connected to the Shinsengumi - the main characters also appear on this website and in tourist brochures created by Hino City.

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Toshizou Hijikata

Born into an affluent farming family, Hijikata studied swordmanship and Tennen Rishin-ryu (a style of martial art) while dreaming of becoming a samurai.

Genzaburo Inoue

Inoue was Isami Kondo's senior and the captain of the Shinsengumi's sixth unit.

Isami Kondo

Kondo studied swordmanship and Tennen Rishin-ryu (a style of martial art), going on to be become the commander of the Shinsengumi despite being born a peasant.

Soji Okita

He studied the Tennen Rishin-ryu school of swordsmanship from 9 years of age and utilized his amazing skills as captain of the Shinsegumi's first unit.

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Kamo Serizawa

important figure who created the opportunity for the formation of the Shinsengumi with Isami Kondo.

Hikogoro Sato

As the person who opened the dojo in the grounds of Hinojuku Honjin to teach Tennen Rishin-ryu to those who would go on to become members of the Shinsengumi, Sato played a very important role.

Keisuke Yamanami

Yamanami was the General Secretary of the Shinsengumi and was a prodigy in Hokushin Itto-ryu swordmanship.

Tennen Rishin-ryu

In addition to sword techniques, this comprehensive martial art also utilizes jujitsu, rods, and spears to defeat enemies.

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Shinsengumi

The 246-year period between 1603 and 1867, when Japan was governed by the Tokugawa Shogunate, is known as the Edo era.

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Hakuōki

As part of IDEA FACTORY's female-oriented game brand OTOMATE, Hakuōki is a romantic adventure game series which features characters from the Shinsengumi.